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Oak Framed

Oak Framed
The Flow
Of Your

Our Process

We’ll be there every step of the way

Technical information as well as frequently-asked questions are addressed below. If we are missing something or you would like to learn more, please get in touch with our team and we will be happy to help.


There are a variety of ways in which to contact us with your ideas, all of which are on our contact page.

You may have detailed architectural drawings, a hand-drawn sketch or simply an idea of what you would like to achieve. But whichever method you choose to contact us, we will be happy to discuss your project or endeavour to reply just as soon as we can.


Step One

Step 1

Site Visit & Quote

We will come and visit you. This gives us the chance to see the site and gather as much information as possible.

It is also a perfect opportunity for us to discuss your ideas face-to-face.  We will bring our extensive back catalogue of previous projects to illustrate the high standard of work we produce and offer inspiration for your frame design. Alternatively, you are most welcome to come and chat at our office.

Step Two

Step 2

Oak Frame & Structural Design

Whether you have a fixed design, a design you would like us to enhance or a blank piece of paper, our team of designers are experts at bringing your vision to life.

Each project is unique, even with the most common structures such as garages, and therefore it is often hard for customers to visualise how their frame will look when finished.

To help, we can produce 3D drawings giving a bird’s eye view of the new building’s appearance – invaluable if customers are in any doubt about the design and allowing informed revisions to be made at an early stage.

We’re always on hand to advise, so please feel free to take advantage of our extensive industry knowledge and specialist experience with oak frames and general building.

The use of other building materials is an important process in the design of your frame. Balance and how much of each material is used will be influenced by the setting in which the building sits.

We pride ourselves on having a good eye for this process and will ensure the structure doesn’t overuse any materials so it achieves that balance, the best design results and, of course, customer satisfaction.

It is important for structural engineers and designers to understand oak. Believe us, not all do! But our structural engineer has vast experience working with oak, allowing us to take on complicated projects that others may not even entertain.

In most cases we prefer to use only timber, but in some circumstances using structural steel may be necessary. Our design team will often hide this within the frame to create awe-inspiring structures which appear as if they just shouldn’t be possible.

Step Three

Step 3


Planning permission isn’t always required, depending on the size and location of your project. However, it is always best to check.

Click the link here(Access Government Planning Portal) for all the information on planning applications and permitted development rights.

Don’t worry if permission is required. We offer a full planning service that, depending on your requirements, can include meetings to finalise the design, planning drawings, 3D coloured images, site location plans, submission of the application and meetings with planners at your local authority. Just get in touch to discuss details.

Step Four

Step 4

Building Regulation

Depending on how much of the build you would like Paragon Oak to undertake, we can take care of building regulations in association with a trusted third-party company who we have worked with for many years. Or we can work with the local authority if you prefer.

The cost for this service can be quoted for you – just ask.

We provide all the necessary information such as structural design and calculations and manage the process from conception to completion.

This generally involves filling out all application forms, arranging site visits at the relevant inspection stages and final presentation of the completion certificate. Alternatively, we can of course work together with your own building inspectors if you prefer.

Step Five

Step 5


The start of the build process.

The groundworks consist of digging out and laying the foundations as well as all works up to damp proof course (DPC). If you use your own builders for this step, we are more than happy to liaise with them and provide all the relevant information in order to ensure the build runs smoothly.

Step Six

Step 6

Oak Frame Manufacture & Erection

Once the groundworks are complete, we will accurately carry out a full-site survey before manufacture of the oak frame and the joinery items begins.

The oak frame will arrive on site at the agreed date, along with our fitting team and any lifting equipment required.

Erection of the frame itself is always a speedy process because it will have already been preassembled during manufacture before being dismantled and prepared for delivery.

Follow-on work such as roof structure, glazing, cladding if required and all other jobs will continue once the frame is fixed and secure.

Door openings will normally be temporarily boarded so as not to damage joinery items during other aspects of the build process.

Step Seven

Step 7

Roof Works

Once the structural elements of the oak frame have been erected, the next phase is to install the roof covering.

This includes the roof finish of your choice, any lead flashings and rainwater goods. The frame is then weather sealed.

Step Eight

Step 8

Internal Works

The internal finish of your project.

This includes such items as electrics, insulation and plastering, heating, finished floor covering and decorating.

Step Nine

Step 9

Joinery Installation

If your project includes any doors or windows, these will be installed once all other works are complete.

We leave the installation of such items until later on in the building process to avoid any unnecessary damage.

Step Ten

Step 10

Project Handover

You can now enjoy your new oak frame!

Step Eleven

Step 11

Case Study

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Can we contact you throughout the process?

We’re always on hand to advise, so please feel free to take advantage of our extensive industry knowledge and specialist experience with oak frames and general building.

Will oak be strong enough to hold the structure?

It is important for structural engineers and designers to understand oak, and not all do. Our structural engineers have vast experience working with oak, allowing us to take on complex projects that others may be apprehensive about.

In most cases we prefer to use only timber, but in some circumstances the use of structural steel is necessary and we are able to identify that. Our design team will often hide this within the frame to create awe-inspiring structures which appear as if they should not be possible.

Do you work with oak exclusively?

Not Just oak! A wide variety of building materials can be used to complement your oak frame, including:

  • Masonry walls constructed from stone, brick or block and render
  • Roof lights made from powder-coated aluminium glazing with high spec glass to ensure UV protection for your furniture
  • Structural Insulation Panels (SIPS), insulation and plasterboard infill panel systems.

We also offer numerous roofing materials, the most popular being cedar shingle and blue slate, however “greys” reclaimed stone slates are commonly used here in Yorkshire. Pantiles, rosemary, concrete, artificial stone and of course glass are also used from time to time.

The balance and how much of each material is used in each project is influenced by the setting in which the building sits.

We pride ourselves on having a good eye for this process and will work with clients to ensure the structure is visually balanced, achieving outstanding aesthetics as well as customer satisfaction.

Are Paragon Oak's frames hand made?

Absolutely, skilled craftsmen build all our frames by hand using centuries-old traditional methods. We also take advantage of modern technology and our frames are constructed using a combination of the two. All our craftsmen are experts in their field and this really shows in the results.

What is Green Oak?

The term Green oak refers to the timber being freshly sawn – not the colour! Being fresh sawn, Green oak generally holds a high moisture content which is usually between 60% – 80%.

Why use Green Oak for oak frames?

Most people think that the shrinkage and movement of the timber will cause problems with other elements of the building such as the glazing, doors and the overall structural integrity of the frame. However, all of these factors are accounted for at design stage and therefore cause no detriment to any of the above. In fact, our oak frames not only meet current building regulations but exceed them, especially when using modern building techniques such as encapsulation.


Green oak has been used by timber framers for centuries and there are very good reasons for this:


  • Green oak is an easier timber to work with.
  • For oak to achieve “seasoned” or “air-dried” status it must be stored for a number of years. Even then, “air-dried” oak can still be subject to movement and shrinkage.
  • Green oak frames can literally stand for hundreds of years because as the frames dry out they actually becomes stronger and gain character.

Do you have to treat Green Oak?

The short answer to this question is, no. Green oak can be left completely bare with no ongoing maintenance. Green oak is naturally resistant to insect attacks and decay.

What happens to Oak Frames as they season?

As oak frames season, they will move, shrink (generally between 8-10%), bow, split and distort. The charm of an oak frame is that it is a living thing and will evolve in situ. It will actually get stronger as it dries.

Green oak holds a high moisture content (60-80%) whereas air-dried oak (Green oak that has been stored between three and six years) usually has a moisture content between 20-30%. This makes the timber more stable so it will move, shrink and distort less than a Green oak frame. But it is usually more expensive.

Internal oak elements will mellow in colour and eventually turn a beautiful light honey colour without the use of any finishes. Externally, if untreated, oak weathers down to a silver grey colour. Both form the natural beauty and character of an oak frame.

What are shakes and splits in oak?

Shakes and splits are what give oak its desirable character. Shakes are small fissures that appear on the surface of the timber whereas splits are larger and appear as the oak starts to dry out. All our timber is of the highest quality and is always taken from the “heart” of the tree. Because splits never pass through the “heart” of the tree this means they will not affect the integrity of the oak frame.

Do you have to apply a finish to Oak Frames?

You do not need to apply any finishes to oak frames, the oak will be absolutely fine in its natural state. Finishes are generally applied more to external elements for aesthetics. You can choose to apply a finish to the whole frame, both internally or externally. We can apply a base coat in our workshop prior to installation. Further coasts would need to be applied on completion of the build.

Can I use my own Architect?

Of course. Many clients come to us with an architect’s drawings already in place. If you do not have your own architect, then don’t worry. We have our own in-house design team with more than 25 years’ experience in designing, manufacturing and installing oak frames. We are proud that a lot of enquiries come to us through word of mouth from existing customers, which speaks volumes.

Do I need Planning Permission?

Every project is different and several factors can determine whether planning permission is required. It is always best to check the government planning portal for advice as these are the guidelines everybody in the construction industry must follow. Please click the link here to find out more.